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Our Top Destinations for 2021

For the most part, travel has been put on pause this 2020, with us all taking the time to slow down and appreciate the small things that make where we live special. However, now that 2021 approaches, we're all dreaming of getting on a plane and jetting off somewhere new, whether it's the beautiful beaches of the Maldives or the dense jungles of Borneo. Here's our selection of the top destinations for 2021...
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

Here's where you should go month-by-month next 2021!

French Polynesia

Flight Time from UK: 28 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: May - September 
Where Best to Twin: California 

French Polynesia is quite literally on the other side of the world, but we can assure you the flight time really is worth it. Covering an area the size of Europe, French Polynesia is comprised of a series of island groups scattered in the Pacific Ocean, with beauty at practically every turn. An exclusive holiday destination, French Polynesia's landscapes are characterised by lush, tropical flora and glassy turquoise lagoons, with a combination of coral atolls and volcanic islands. Whilst Bora Bora steals much of the glory (and it's not hard to see why!), we recommend you visit a few of the Society Islands on your holiday to really immerse yourself in the Polynesian culture. Starting in Tahiti, you can explore the bustling markets of Papeete before discovering the pink-sand beaches of Le Tikehau by Pearl Resortsthe lush mountain landscapes of Moorea and the vibrant coral reefs of Bora Bora. For innovative luxury, stay at Conrad Bora Bora Nuiwe particularly love the Royal Pool Overwater Villa, with breathtaking views across Mount Otemanu. 


Flight Time from UK: 16 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: May - July 
Where Best to Twin: Singapore 

Bali is the epitome of the exotic, its lush rainforests, ancient temples and tropical beaches luring travellers from all across the globe year-on-year. And yes, whilst Bali is undoubtedly set firmly on the tourist trail, it doesn't stop this small island enchanting all who visit, its beautiful natural surroundings and laid-back culture exuding an aura of peace and serenity. A holiday to Bali is not complete without a stay in Ubud, a small town situated in the island's lush uplands. Here, you can really take a step back and appreciate the tranquility of the Edenic environment, spending your time hiking to waterfalls, exploring monkey forests and discovering verdant rice terraces. We particularly love COMO Shambhala Estate, its dazzling pool villas perfect for immersing yourself in the rainforest surroundings. Afterwards, head down to Bali's southern coastline and devour the refreshing coastal breeze, the sublime beach at Bvlgari Resort Bali being the perfect way to end your tropical adventure.

The Maldives

Flight Time from UK: 12 Hours 30 Minutes 
Best Time to Visit: November - April 
Where Best to Twin: Sri Lanka 

If you're looking for paradise, then The Maldives isn't far from it. There's no wonder this island nation in the Indian Ocean is on practically everyone's bucket list; with some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world, a holiday to The Maldives is one of exquisite food, luxurious villas, paradisaical beaches and, of course, azure, crystal-clear lagoons. The Maldives' hidden charm is that it really is in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, this is exactly what we all need to fully unwind. For somewhere that extra bit special, you certainly won't be disappointed at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Situated in the beautiful Shaviyani Atoll, this elegant 5-star resort captures the spirit of The Maldives, offering excursions such as castaway picnics and immersive scuba diving expeditions, as well as gorgeous villas that will simply blow you away.

Sri Lanka

Flight Time from UK: 13 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: December - April (For the Cultural Triangle and West and South Coasts). 
Where Best to Twin: The Maldives 

Known rather fondly as 'The Teardrop of India', Sri Lanka is small but diverse, its lush interior characterised by vast tea plantations, its coastline by wind-swept tropical beaches. For a first visit, we particularly recommend you embark on a trip around the country's Cultural Triangle, visiting sites such as the impressive Sigiriya Fortress and the sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The journey from Kandy to Ella is best travelled by train, the route considered as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Just an hour south from Ella is the Dream Cliff Mountain Resort, where you can enjoy boutique luxury, breathtaking views and unique accommodation. Afterwards, unwind from your cultural travels on the beach; we particularly love the luxurious Amanwella, its tropical beach lined with palm trees and soft, golden sand. 


Flight Time from UK: 14 Hours 30 Minutes 
Best Time to Visit: March - May & September - November 
Where Best to Twin: French Polynesia  

A visit to Japan is like stepping both into the past and the future, its rich cultural heritage and innovative technology offering an eclectic holiday that will see you exploring hidden shrines and dining in robot cafes.With train travel being so efficient, we recommend getting a Japan Rail Pass for your stay so that you're free to move around and see more of this beautiful country; you can explore the temples and shrines of Kyoto, the Michelin-star restaurants of Osaka and the futuristic shopping precincts of Tokyo all on the same holiday. For a traditional Japanese ryokan experience, we particularly love Luxury Hotel Sowaka in Kyoto, offering minimalist interiors and historic city views. For a more modern flavour of Japan, make sure to stay in the exclusive Aman Tokyo, known for its excellent service and contemporary, sleek design. 

Malaysian Borneo

Flight Time from UK: 15 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: April - September 
Where Best to Twin: Bali

For all the intrepid explorers out there, Borneo is calling to you. Brought to our screens through the likes of Sir David Attenborough and Dame Judi Dench, Borneo really is a step into the wild, its vast rainforests home to arguably the world's most lovable primate: the orangutan. If you're looking to spot orangutans in the wild, then June is the best time to visit; not only does it fall in the dry season, but it sees the start of the fruiting season, meaning that it's a fairly common sight to see these gentle creatures up high in the trees, devouring the delicious wonders of the rainforest. A stay at the Sukau Rainforest Lodge is the perfect way to experience the rainforest, as you'll embark on daily river safaris and overland treks - all included as part of your stay - with local experts taking you to secluded spots within the rainforest that are regularly frequented by the region's iconic wildlife. After your action-packed time in the rainforest, take the time to experience Borneo's tropical coastline, staying at the eco-orientated Gaya Island Resort for exhilarating watersports and indulgent relaxation. 


Flight Time from UK: 11 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: July - September 
Where Best to Twin: Zanzibar 

As the sun rises above the savannah, the striking silhouette of a giraffe pierces the horizon and the Masai Mara comes to life. Slap-bang in the middle of the Great Migration, August is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit Kenya; falling during the dry season, you can expect to see iconic Savannah views and expansive blue skies during your safari. An African safari is an experience that will stay with your for the rest of your life, and Kenya embodies all your imaginings. Staying at the rustic &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, you'll enjoy twice-daily game drives on the legendary Masai Mara plains, spotting Africa's iconic 'Big 5', including elephants, lions and rhinos. Afterwards, you can take a break from the heat and devour views across the savannah from the lodge's huge rim-flow swimming pool. 


Flight Time from UK: 11 Hours 30 Minutes 
Best Time to Visit: November - April 
Where Best to Twin: Cambodia

There really is something for everyone in Vietnam, whether you want to hit the beach, discover historic sites or head into nature. Whatever your interests, it goes without saying that when visiting Vietnam, you definitely shouldn't stay in one place. Starting in the capital, Hanoi, you can begin by exploring the city's historic streets (with street food on most corners!), and then head to the Hoàng Liên Son Mountains in the northwest for the rice paddies of Sapa, or head east to the glorious Halong Bay, for a cruise in otherworldly surroundings. Afterwards, you can make your way south, visiting the historic cities of Hue and Hoi An, before arriving in the steaming tropics of Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) and the Mekong Delta. To end with a relaxing beach escape, head to the tranquil island of Phu Quoc, staying in the gorgeous spa-inclusive Fusion Resort Ph Quoc with direct access on to a picturesque beach. 


Flight Time from UK: 28 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: May - October 
Where Best to Twin: New Zealand 

Fiji is as tropical as it sounds, and with over 300 islands spread across the azure of the Pacific Ocean, you'll really feel like you're lost in paradise. If you're unsure where to begin, we recommend starting on Vitu Levu, Fiji's largest - and main - island; staying at Shangri La's Fijian Resort and Spa, you can really discover the alluring island landscape, exploring the traditional villages along the Sigatoka River and ziplining in the rainforest. If you're dreaming of white, sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, head to the Mamanuca Islands, the island jewels of Fiji. We particularly love the intimacy of Likuliku Island Resortoffering a selection of luxurious villas and tropical beach seclusion. 

South Africa

Flight Time from UK: 12 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: May - September 
Where Best to Twin: Mauritius

South Africa is all-encompassing, its diverse landscapes and varied cultures offering a comprehensive African adventure; with rugged coastlines, vast savannahs and cosmopolitan cities, South Africa can often feel like its own continent within a country. Start your holiday in Cape Town, at the architecturally-unique Silo Hotel Cape Townwhere whale watching trips, Table Mountain excursions and wine tasting tours are just a stone's throw away. The crown jewel of South Africa is undeniably the Kruger National Park, and September is ideal for viewing big game. Staying at Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Reserve, you'll benefit from daily safari drives into the Kruger National Park, with the opportunity to spot animals such as elephants, zebras and giraffes. 


Flight Time from UK: 12 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: October - December 
Where Best to Twin: South Africa

Cast adrift in the Indian Ocean and situated off the east coast of Madagascar, Mauritius is a tropical island paradise, its distinct Creole charm luring its visitors back year after year. From the bustling markets of the capital, Port Louis, to the lush Black River Gorges National Park, there is plenty to see and do on this small island. What really sets Mauritius apart, however, is its world-renowned ivory-sand beaches and dazzling protected marine parks, home to a rich array of exotic marine life. With endless sunny skies and consistently warm temperatures the climate of Mauritius is ideal for family holidays and romantic honeymoons; we particularly recommend staying at the 5-star LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas, home to the island's largest swimming pool and nestled on a long, sandy stretch of beach. 


Flight Time from UK: 8 Hours 
Best Time to Visit: October - April 
Where Best to Twin: Dubai 

Oman is a taste of tradition, a step back in time, a discovery into the unknown, an authentic side of Arabia. A country whose beauty comes in the form of desert mountains, secluded oases and sublime beaches, Oman is like stepping into another world - another time, even - and is unlike anywhere you will have ever visited before. You'll feel completely immersed in this ancient land as soon as you arrive in Muscat, a historic port city with roots dating back to the early 1st Century. Luxury is certainly to be found in the city, with a stay at The Chedi Muscat meaning you can enjoy 5-star elegance on a beautiful stretch of beach. From Muscat, we highly recommend you take a day trip to Wadi Shab, where you can walk, climb and swim through this otherworldly canyon with opalescent water. Aftewards, discover Oman's rugged interior and mountain villages with a stay at the spectacular Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, with dramatic views across the Hajar Mountains.  

Feeling Inspired?

If you're looking to plan a holiday for 2021, simply get in touch with our Luxury Travel Specialists and we will take care of the rest. 

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